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5 Things You Can Do NOW to Help Homeless Youth Have a Positive School Year
It’s the dog days of summer so most of us don’t even have school on our radars.  But August is the perfect time to start planning for the year ahead.  Education is the key to realizing an independent and healthy adulthood. It sets up access to opportunities for employment and career pathways. If you support a young person who is homeless or unstably housed, then you know firsthand that having a positive educational experience can be elusive from some students.  School absences that result in knowledge gaps, transitions due to moving locations, access to clothing, hygiene and school supplies, unmet [Read further...]
Non-Profit Funding Opportunities – June 2017
Non-Profit Funding Opportunities – June 2017 Here are some of the non-profit funding opportunities for June 2017: FYSB Invites Applications to Operate Programs Supporting Runaway, Homeless, and Street Youth  The Administration for Children and Families Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) administers a series of programs that provide critical supports for youth to find safety, meet basic needs, and move forward into healthy independent adulthood. Four of these programs are currently inviting applications for funding, all with deadlines in July. Transitional Living Program and Maternity Group Homes projects will work to implement, enhance, and/or support promising intervention strategies for the [Read further...]
2017 Street Outreach Program Funding Now Available
2017 Street Outreach Program Funding Now Available As part of our mission to strengthen and coordinate resources for youth and families in high-risk situations, MANY keeps you informed about federal funding announcements in the youth and family services field. During the federal funding season, MANY highlights new funding streams as they are posted. Below is the most recent funding opportunity announcement: Street Outreach Program Grant-Specific Federal Funding Webinars MANY will offer webinars to walk you through the very specific request for proposals as they are released and help you prepare for writing your response(s). Below you can find our upcoming [Read further...]
April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
April marks National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which aims to raise public awareness of child abuse and neglect, recommit efforts and resources aimed at protecting children and strengthening families, and promote community involvement through activities that support the cause. The theme of this year’s Child Abuse Prevention Month initiative continues to mirror the theme of the 20th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, “Building Community, Building Hope.” By ensuring that parents, caregivers, and other supportive adults have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful [Read further...]
Summary: HHS Final Rule Regarding Runaway & Homeless Youth Programs
Summary: HHS Final Rule Regarding Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs The addition of the new RHY (Runaway and Homeless Youth) Final Rule provides clarification and outlines additional requirements for Basic Center, Transitional Living and Street Outreach Programs. These changes build on existing requirements present in the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act and changes made via the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-378). The new rule provides opportunities to strengthen existing services for runaway and homeless youth across the United States. MANY reviewed the new rule and will provide resources and support as organizations make necessary changes to existing RHY [Read further...]
#OneOfMANY: Thoughts On Youth Services From Vermont
Pictured (Left to Right): Bethany Pombar (Director of VCRHYP) & Ari Kisler (Assistant Director of VCRHYP) #OneOfMANY: Thoughts On Youth Services From Vermont As part of our #OneOfMANY series, MANY is traveling all across the country, meeting with member organizations, talking about their programs, and identifying trends and issues that are happening in the youth services field across the country. We had the privilege of sitting down with one of our member organizations to talk more about their unique approach to their runaway homeless youth (RHY) work in Vermont.  Established in 1981, the Vermont Coalition of Runaway & Homeless Youth Programs (VCRHYP) is a coalition [Read further...]
Coordinated Community Responses to Ending Youth Homelessness: A Learning Collaborative
The Coordinated Entry Learning Collaborative (CELC) Communities across the country are designing coordinated responses to end youth homelessness using a collective impact approach.  Since June 2015, MANY has convened a broad spectrum of partners including service providers, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), and the Melville Charitable Trust to form the Coordinated Entry Learning Community (CELC). The CELC works to identify and share best practices in real time while cultivating a strong evidence-base to refine and improve coordinated entry efforts. What [Read further...]
#OneOfMANY: Thoughts On Youth Services From Chris Nelson Of Attention Homes In Boulder, CO
#OneOfMANY: Thoughts On Youth Services From Chris Nelson Of Attention Homes In Boulder, CO as part of our #MANYRoadTrip MANY is traveling all across the country this fall, meeting with member organizations, talking about their programs, and identifying trends and issues that are happening in the youth services field across the country. We had the privilege of sitting down with Chris Nelson, the Director of Programs at one of our member organizations, Attention Homes in Boulder, CO, to talk more about his thoughts on youth services, his program, and the rewards and challenges of his work:   Q: What do you appreciate most about [Read further...]
Coordinated Community Responses to Ending Youth Homelessness  (Convening 3)
Coordinated Community Responses to Ending Youth Homelessness  (Convening 3) This is the March 2016 summary of MANY’s convening on Coordinated Community Responses to End Youth Homelessness. You can read prior convening summaries here: Convening 1 and Convening 2   March 2016 Convening Summary: Below is a summary of the focused discussion question and answers.  This portion of the agenda is an opportunity for members to pull information from their peers on past, current and future practices that could be helpful in addressing local challenges or pressure points.   Q: How are communities ensuring housing that is accessed by youth is developmentally [Read further...]
Finding Success: A Guide to Finding – and Engaging Supportive Adults Throughout Your Life
We all need mentors, role models, and wise advisors (also known as supportive adults) as we move through life. This guide developed by YouthBuild USA is designed to help youth make the most of their mentoring relationship but also assist them in understanding how to build their social networks rich with mentors. Its tips and worksheets are focused on getting youth thinking about the ways a mentor can help with their immediate and long-term goals, while also teaching about how to ask for, and make the most of, this support. Though specific to YouthBuild program model, it can be adapted [Read further...]